Your Belt Questions, Answered

Belts. One is enough, right? Wrong. Belts are a great way to switch up an outfit or repurpose the same one you’ve been wearing week after week (you can’t fool us). Here are the answers to three questions about belt-ology.

The Men's Guide to Belts

1. What kind of belt should I wear with jeans? With a suit?
For jeans, throw on a leather, tweed, wool, or cotton belt – all these options look great against denim. On the other hand, a suit requires a sleek and simple belt. For navy suits, go with dark brown. For black and grey, look toward black leather.

2. How long should my belt be? 
Dress belts should have at least a few inches to the left once fastened. Too-short lengths make the belt appear too tight (you don’t want people to think you’re going to pop a button or anything). Casual belts can be worn looser since they’re not as stiff.

3. Should I choose a thin or thick belt? 
It’s all about the occasion. Never wear a thin (less than 1 inch in width) belt with jeans. That’s strictly for the ladies, and let’s keep it that way. With denim, go for a heftier buckle and thicker belt (between 1 and 1.5 inches in width). A thin(ner) option is, however, appropriate for formal and dressy events.

Still can’t decide? Own one black and one brown belt. You can’t go wrong.

Our Below the Belt: Denim, Boxers, Socks, & More Boutique opens Thursday, June 26 at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

Put a Ring on It: Mix, Match, & Stack Like a Pro

The bracelet stack had its moment in the spotlight. Now, it’s the ring’s time to shine. Whether you’re piling on two or 12, here’s everything you need to know.

Ring-Stacking Tips & Tricks from PANDORA

  1. Vary metals and gemstones. Your rings will feel like a personal collection that’s been acquired over time.
  2. There’s no such thing as too many. Balance proportions by spreading several styles over all your fingers.
  3. Consider size. If you plan to stack multiple rings on one finger, go up a size for the bands closest to your knuckle.
  4. Let statement rings shine. Instead of layering on top of them, add complementary rings to other fingers.

 
Our PANDORA Boutique opens Thursday, June 26, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 26, 2014

Spotted: Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo

Pitti Uomo is upon us, and images of sharply dressed men are starting to flood our news feeds.

Not sure what that is, or why it’s such a big deal? Don’t worry, Rue is here. A biannual menswear trade show that takes place in Florence, Italy, Pitti Uomo is where retailers, editors, and buyers come together to view the upcoming collection. In this case, it’s the Fall 2014 preview. And the good news for men across the world? One prominent emerging trend – the blue suit – is achievable for everyone.

Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo 2014

Image via gq.com

Trying to impress the boss at that business meeting? Try a striped navy suit. Have an upcoming wedding and want to catch a bridesmaid’s eye? Why not give a brighter shade of blue a shot? “If you find yourself in need of a suit this summer, rest assured that if you go blue, you’ll be on par with the most stylish men in the world,” says John Jannuzzi of gq.com. “It’s official, we’re in menswear’s blue period.” (Picasso would be oh-so-very proud.)

Read more on GQ.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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June 25, 2014

The Top 3 Street-Style Trends: Our Fashion Director Breaks It Down

From bloggers to It girls and editors, the street-style set knows a thing or two about fashion. (Just Google “street style” and you’ll see what we mean.) Want in on their sartorial secret? Below, our fashion director, Jackie, defines the most popular trends coming down the sidewalks.

The Top 3 Street-Style Trends: Our Fashion Director Breaks It Down

1. Bold Printed Dresses
“They’re a summer must-have. Pair with high-wattage extras, like mirrored sunglasses, for more impact.”

2. Edgy-Meets-Refined Ensembles
“Sweet-yet-edgy outfits are everywhere right now. Mix feminine and daring pieces (like an A-line dress and moto jacket) for an instantly cool look.”

3. Statement Accessories
“This season, the bolder the accessories, the better. Try combining studded bags with sky-high heels. And when it comes to jewelry, think big – the right necklace can make even a basic tee shine.”

Our Street-Style Star: Trending Looks to Own Now Boutique opens Wednesday, June 25, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 25, 2014

Yeezus Walks: Kanye West Does Community Service at Fashion School

Back in March, Kayne West pleaded no contest to attacking a photographer. His sentence? Two hundred fifty hours of community service that he kicked off on Monday – in style.

Kanye West Paris Spring 2013 fashion week stree style

Instead of donning the traditional orange jumpsuit while picking up trash, Yeezy gave his time to students at Los Angeles Trade Technical College to talk about his experience in the fashion industry – for three hours. Which means only 247 hours to go for Mr. West. And while we’re not sure where his sentence will take him next, visits to other schools are expected.

Leave it to Kanye to use his community service as another means to infiltrate the fashion industry.

Head on over to Harper’s BAZAAR for more on Kanye’s community service.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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June 25, 2014

#ShoeLaLa: Show Us Your Shoes. Win Credit to Shop (for Real).

Our killer (think: 25,000 pairs) Semi-Annual Shoe Sale has returned, and we’re celebrating by giving you – yes, you – Credit to shop.

Shoe La La is Back, & You Could Win $500

Here’s the deal: Show us your shoes, and you’ll be entered to win Rue Credit.

What’s at stake? One Member will walk away with a $500 Credit, and five lucky runners-up will each win a $100 Credit.

How to enter: First, Instagram a photo of your shoes. Then, tag @ruelala and use the hashtag #ShoeLaLa so we can keep score.

Ready, set, snap away!

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June 25, 2014

Jerseys Off the Field – Yea or Nay?

Since the dawn of competitive sports, men have been donning clothing emblazoned with their favorite teams. Normally, these shirts (or “jerseys,” as the kids are calling them nowadays) are reserved for gatherings at the local watering hole or trips to that famous baseball stadium a few towns over.

But as the old saying goes, change is the only constant in life. So when jerseys started popping up on and off Fashion Week runways around the world, critics and fans alike started to take notice. Enter two fashion editors from Esquire.

Nike Jersey

 

Image via esquire.com

High-end brands like DKNY and rag & bone have updated jerseys by creating tighter silhouettes and pairing them with tailored denim and leather jackets. So is it appropriate to wear them as a fashion statement?

Andrew Luecke, digital style editor at esquire.com, says yes, and his colleague, Max Berlinger, vehemently disagrees. “Everything men wear is appropriated from somewhere else. A guy shouldn’t stop wearing jeans because he isn’t a miner,” Luecke explains. “But if you won’t wear a baseball jersey, what about soccer jerseys? Public School has explored them. They’re far more versatile. Plus, it’s the World Cup, Max. Embrace the world’s sport.”

What’s my take on the argument? Men of the universe, wear your jerseys proud. (Yet responsibly. Translation: no baggy shorts!)

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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June 24, 2014

Make It Yours: Audrey Hepburn’s Chic, All-Black Ensemble

She taught us the importance of an LBD and that flats and cigarette pants can be feminine. And now, channeling her iconic style is even easier with a little help from our Make It Your Own: Style Inspired by Audrey Hepburn Boutique. The simplest (and most classic) outfit to start with? Her signature head-to-toe black ensemble – just throw on sparkly drop earrings to ensure it’s anything but basic.

Make It Yours: Audrey Hepburn's Chic, All-Black Ensemble

Our Make It Your Own: Style Inspired by Audrey Hepburn Boutique opens Tuesday, June 24, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 24, 2014

Nick Wooster: From Instagram to Instant Fame

If you don’t know him yet, say hello to Nick Wooster, your new Instagram obsession and the man behind an all-new capsule collab with Italian brand Lardini. Wooster has been heating up Instagram feeds for some time now. With well over 200,000 followers, he claims Instagram is his 401(k). But for those of you who are just now making his acquaintance, let’s take a quick look at the guy some call “the most photographed man in menswear.”

Nick Wooster: From Instagram to Instant Fame

His Resume
It’s anything but lacking. Buyer at Barneys. Design director at Ralph Lauren. President of John Bartlett. Trend development officer at JCPenney. Plus fashion director at Neiman Marcus. Recently added to his job creds? The debut of his new capsule collection Wooster + Lardini, which drew a crowd of over 1,000. (Oh, and did we mention that the New York Times just did a whole feature on him?)

His Style
Although Wooster claims he “would never, ever call [himself] a designer,” others boldly disagree, going as far to call him “the Cher of men’s fashion.” What others wouldn’t dare to try or even think of, he manages to pull off. He takes fashion for what it truly is – experimenting and creating, just as a DJ would with mash-ups. By incorporating various elements and styles, he has made an impact on a global scale and invigorated the fashion world with his bold sense of self and outfit choices.

No wonder photographers wait around corners and bloggers plaster his face over the web.

Get your phone out and follow @nickwooster. Then, head over to the New York Times to learn more about him.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 24, 2014

5 Tips for a No-Sweat Kind of Summer

Let’s just come right out and admit it: we’ve all been there. And by there, I mean plagued by a visibly sweaty shirt once the temps start climbing. Maybe it’s the can’t-have-it-all trade-off for the season’s beautiful, sunny weather. But there are ways to avoid embarrassment and stay cool and dry. (Ways that do not include foregoing shirts altogether.) Here are five tips to help you keep sweaty incidents to a minimum.

5 Tips to Sweat-Proof Your Shirt

1. Avoid caffeine and spicy foods. As much as you may love your coffee, soda, and Sriracha, they all can trigger sweat production. Stay hydrated with lots of water and stick to less-spicy food instead.

2. Swipe on some antiperspirant. Deodorant will mask the issue, while this will help prevent it. Go for clinical strength (with a higher concentration of active ingredients) if the standard stuff isn’t enough.

3. Wear natural fabrics. Think sweat-wicking, water-absorbing, quick-drying cotton and linen – and avoid synthetics at all costs. They’ll take their sweet time drying and will up the stink factor to boot.

4. Opt for a breathable fit. Even if you’re wearing a slim-fit button-front, there should be a bit of room between shirt and skin to allow your body to regulate its temperature. Too close a fit = too hot.

5. Put on an undershirt. Sure, it may seem counterintuitive to add an extra layer, but a cotton undershirt is a sweat-absorbing barrier that can help keep your actual shirt dry. Go with a V-neck so it doesn’t show.

And if all else fails? Bring backup – a spare shirt you can change into should the season get the best of you.

Round out your summer shirt collection. Our Mix & Match: 50 Men’s Shirts & Printed Ties Boutique opens Tuesday, June 24, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 24, 2014